Religion: A Humanist Interpretation
Treats religion as a human art, capable of great intellectual and artistic achievements.Religion: A Humanist Interpretation represents a lifetime's work on the anthropology of religion from a rather unusual personal viewpoint. Raymond Firth treats religion as a human art, capable of great intellectual and artistic achievements, but also of complex manipulation to serve the human interests of those who believe in it and operate it. His study is comparative, drawing material from a range of religions around the world. Its findings are a challenge to established beliefs.This anthropological approach to the study of religion covers themes ranging from; religious belief and personal adjustment; gods and God; offering and sacrifice;religion and politics; Malay magic and spirit mediumship; truth and paradox in religion.
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Religious belief and personal adjustment
Spiritual aroma? Religion and politics
monotheism and polytheism
problems of organization
Ritual and drama in Malay spirit mediumship
Faith and scepticism in Kelantan village magic
Paradox in religious systems
The truth of religion?
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